Difficult to find the right words today, just full of thoughts & emotions in reaching the end of a very long road.
After a 120 mile sun drenched ride from Jamestown to the outskirts of San Francisco a brief turn in the support car to cross a stretch of 10 lane Interstate across the main traffic bridge into the city.
Riding along the Embarcadero (the Eastern waterfront and roadway of the Port of San Francisco) edging closer to the Golden Gate Bridge was, unsurprisingly, full of mixed thoughts, the end of the longest, hardest most painful & toughest challenge yet. Reaching such an iconic landmark that, from the outset seemed so far out of reach, brought that added specialness in bringing to a close such a long and, at most times, painful journey - but at the same time marking a big moment in knowing that this particular long road had finally come to an end, maybe a Golden Gate of arrival!
So, to everyone involved, individuals and businesses that have supported, sponsored and followed along the way and now very much part of the journey my biggest thank you, something that is easy to say but that truly means a lot, reaching San Francisco was for everyone connected to this challenge!
The aim of TransAm was always to raise awareness and funding for the UK children's charity Action Medical Research, to bring to life the stories of Alfie and Aiden, and to help continue a long history of support in finding breakthrough cures into illness and disease that affect babies and children.
And finally, from me...
...to anyone who has ideas with purpose the chance meeting with the lady back in Ohio seems to capture it all in a few, beautifully simple, words...
''....be your own story more''
....and a last thought, looking out towards the Golden Gate bridge....
''into the unknown is where the magic lies''
And finally, a very big thank you to this guy,
,James Myers 23 years old, for the support and commitment before and during TransAm and whose support in the US with driving, planning, organising, good humour and constant support was without fault or compromise, the only way to get through such a challenge is teamwork, proof that young age is no barrier to responsibility, incredible!
We both took on this challenge at our own personal risk, working on it for the past six months, sticking with it through the hard times and low points on the road - the good thing is that we both came out of it safely and still smiling!
For Action Medical Research and all of the good things that come out of their work...
(..and also the beginning!!)